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My Journey: How I Became a Hall Director

My Journey: How I Became a Hall Director

Res Life at KU – where my journey began College is where we find ourselves and discover what we want to do in life. When entering Kutztown, I decided I wanted to be a Special Education Teacher. After the first year and going into my sophomore year, I switched to Communication and eventually picked up a Public Relations and Professional Writing Minor. Along with changing my major, I decided to join Housing and Residence Life at Kutztown University. Just a few short months after obtaining this job, I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. For the past four years I have been a part of Housing and have worked with college students. Becoming a Resident Director is what I saw myself doing in the future. Helping students figure out where they want […]

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Community + Politics = Communitics

Community + Politics = Communitics

Each time there is a presidential election, people’s values and politics naturally surface. When they do, conversations can quickly become arguments and differences of opinion can feel like you’re speaking a different language. Because of some very heated topics, this could mean alienating people and that’s just not okay on #TeamHuman. Here are some tips to learn from differences and get the most out of your community. Do your research. Everyone is entitled to their views. But, do you even know why or understand why you feel that way? Have you done research on the points that contradict how you feel? So often, we are taught lessons that then create a value or model in our minds for the way things are supposed to be. When things oppose that model, we create new values. Only when you have all the information can […]

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The TRUTH About Almost Any Staff Meeting

The TRUTH About Almost Any Staff Meeting

Here We Are It’s that special time a week where you have the opportunity to come together with your staff and meet about everything that may be going on in your residence hall or in your department. Times will vary but it’s likely your staff meeting needs to come later in the day to accommodate the other meetings and commitments everyone on your staff seems to have. You may be tired from the day already and staff meeting might be the last thing you want to attend.   via GIPHY No one wants to say it, but here’s the TRUTH about your weekly staff meeting.    via GIPHY 1. You come together as a staff and talk about life until you’re all there and ready to start.   via GIPHY 2. The agenda is handed out and you’re dreading a certain […]

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Why ‘Disney’s Lion King’ Perfectly Explains Life

Why ‘Disney’s Lion King’ Perfectly Explains Life

Outside of the brilliant animation work and the lovable characters, The Lion King (the first one primarily), highlights valuable lessons people, particularly leaders, should always work to remember. Yes, it might be a Disney movie but these African animals represent so much more. WARNING, SPOILERS AHEAD.  The Future Simba, the future king of Pride Rock, has quite the predicament on his paws. His father Mufasa is a great King, revered throughout the plains. Simba at a young age needs to learn how to live up to his father’s legacy. Simba is so focused on the future he takes his present moment for granted. The young lion cub literally sings and boasts how he, “Just can’t wait to be King”. At this point there is peace in the Pride Lands. The grass is green and the circle of life is so ever present. Simba […]

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How “Better Together” Has Shaped My Journey

How “Better Together” Has Shaped My Journey

Heart pounding, sun beaming down, thousands of faces rushing past you, and enormously tall skyscrapers looming overhead, welcome to New York City. Amidst the overcrowded city streets and fast moving traffic lights, I found myself simultaneously overwhelmed and excited. I had NO IDEA what to expect when I was hired to be an intern at Swift Kick and now I was in the big city. I’ve never been afraid of independent work but I’ve always recognized the value of a team. The values and benefits was evident at a very early point in my Swift Kick career. From Quarterly Brainstorming to a scavenger hunt in the financial district, it was clear we worked best, together.  WHERE I COME FROM As I start my intern journey with Swift Kick, I can’t help but to think of how far I’ve come. Entering my first year […]

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Leadership is Not Always About Being Followed

Leadership is Not Always About Being Followed

During a short car ride home from the gym with my father, he started to share about what he had been thinking about during his workout. He shared that through his life experiences he has learned that leadership is not always about making sure others are following you, but more about being willing to go where others are not willing to go. Specifically, leadership to him is standing up for what you value as being right even if you are standing up all by yourself. This made us begin to think about leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and where would we be if he had not been willing to initially stand on his own for what he believed was right? I was given an important reminder by my family member that the most needed forms of leadership are […]

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When You Want to Scream Remember Me

When You Want to Scream Remember Me

Last night I knocked over my coat rack as I was heading out the door to handle a problem.  It had already been such a rough Monday that just this simple event almost led me to tears.  Shortly after I received a text message from one of my classmates who told me that she just spilled a bunch of rice on the floor and almost started to cry. Right away I made the connection that we were both having a rough Monday and could truly understand what the other one was feeling like.  Talking about our situations, we were then able to laugh at the fact that we were almost brought to tears by something as simple as a coat rack or spilled rice.  We both also experienced an immediate sense of calm because someone else went through a similar […]

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Spaghetti and Meatballs with a Side of Trust

Spaghetti and Meatballs with a Side of Trust

Why have a lazy weekend when you can experience the opportunities of growth, trust, and respect through meatballs?  Yes, I said meatballs!  More specifically, a spaghetti and meatball dinner. This weekend I opened my apartment to my eight resident assistants and my fellow graduate resident director for a spaghetti dinner, and the outcome was amazing!  Through opening up my space of comfort to my staff, the eight resident assistants came to the first spring semester staff meeting with a new sense of openness and trust about themselves as well.  I saw the new spring semester resident assistant staff discuss stories about each of their families and backgrounds, while the other graduate resident director and I were cooking, and we became overjoyed.  My fellow coworker and I were overjoyed simply because we knew the spring semester was off to a great […]

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Dakota Once Owned a Donkey – Meet The New Member of the Swift Kick team

Dakota Once Owned a Donkey – Meet The New Member of the Swift Kick team

We are super excited to have Dakota join the team as our intern from January to June! Dakota a recent graduate from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with a degree in Developmental Psychology and the honor of Summa Cum Laude. Presently, she serves as one of two Graduate Resident Directors at The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville, PA.  In addition, she is attending Slippery Rock University’s graduate program for Higher Education Administration in Student Affairs.  As a younger professional, the following quote is something that she tries to live by: “There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela We asked her for 3 fun facts, and she did not disappoint: I had a pet donkey until I was a senior in high school. I […]

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